Your Monthly Minute
March 2018
How to get an AIA website account
Did you know that all staff within a member company/business can request a member account at to access a number of online services and products including the job board and research reports? Here's how:
  1. Visit
  2. Click on MEMBER LOGIN in the top right-hand corner.
  3. Fill out the form MEMBER ACCESS SIGNUP to the right of the page.
    *Remember to use your work email address*
  4. Click on the activation link in your confirmation email to set up your password.
Access requests are approved during regular business hours Monday to Friday. Requests received during holidays or over the weekend are approved the next business day.
Need to know more or have another membership-related question? Contact Membership Services at or 1-800-808-2920 ext. 251.
Call for Young Leader of the Year Award nominations ends soon!
Know someone who excels in leadership, is involved with AIA Canada, shows commitment to their community through volunteering and achieves accomplishments both in and out of the automotive aftermarket industry?

Nominate them as the next Young Leader of the Year!

AutoConnect Update: Data Validation Sessions
In February, AIA Canada hit the road and traveled across Canada to host five roundtable discussions to validate the data collected from the surveys of managers and on-site employees in order to better understand the workforce in Canada. The sessions took place in five different cities across Canada: Richmond, BC, Edmonton, AB, Mississauga, ON, Halifax, NS and Boucherville, QC.
HR representatives from both the mechanical and collision sectors, including hiring managers and shop owners were invited. During the discussions, we shared the emerging themes from the surveys, the existing gaps, and the challenges and barriers facing the industry. The opportunity to listen to the insights and experiences of people from the industry added to the findings of the survey. You can find the summaries from our round table discussions in a final report, which is expected in September 2018.
What's next?
Meanwhile, the preliminary survey findings will be compiled in a report format and published in April 2018. Titled, 'The Labour Market Watch,' this report will shed light on the status of the industry in both the mechanical and collision sectors. Stay tuned!
What's coming: 

AIA Canada President,  Jean-François Champagne will meet with Transport Canada's Director General of Road Safety and Motor Vehicle Regulation on March 13.
Up for discussion

The need for aftermarket access to vehicle data for, amongst other things, diagnostic, repair and maintenance purposes; the need for the aftermarket to be at the table for discussions related to connected and autonomous vehicles (very important as these discussions are gaining momentum) and the aftermarket-focused work that Transport Canada is doing.


Check out our short write-up on Budget 2018 here.

Are the tides turning on Big Tech? Have they simply gained too much power? 

What is Secure Vehicle Interface and why is it being heralded by some as the best replacement for the OBD port?  We put together a little brief on the topic that you can access here.

A number of different stakeholder groups are promoting Secure Vehicle Interface (SVI), a vehicle communication interface, as a way to ensure secure and fair access to vehicle data.

Check out this sweet and simple PowerPoint presentation from Auto Care (association representing the aftermarket in the U.S.) that makes the case for Secure Vehicle Interface versus the Extended Vehicle concept.

Interested in learning more about government relations at AIA? Are there issues happening in your region that impact the aftermarket that we should know about? 

Reach out to Erin Chreptyk at  or follow GR at AIA on Twitter at  @AIAOFCANADAGR
Registration is now open for the  The Young Executive Society (YES) Conference. Each year, the YES Conference aims to provide powerful insight and connections to put young executives at the forefront of trends and new initiatives.

Does the automotive aftermarket and where the industry is heading excite you?

Who's stealing your repair shop business?

We've got a line up of subject matter experts ready to bring insight to the access to vehicle data conversation!

AIA Canada's Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the members of the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada will be held on April 25th at the Sheraton Downtown Toronto, 123 Queen St W, Toronto, ON.

In addition to the AGM, we will also be honouring this year's recipients of the AIA Distinguished Service Award and the YES Young Leader of the Year Award.
We're going digital!
This year,we will use the AIA Canada app so you can have a more memorable experience at our events. Here's what to expect when you download the app:
  • Build your own schedules based on interest of specific activities during each event
  • Partake in conversations through live polling, Q&A, and have an equal voice
  • View agenda, speaker bios, and other relevant information pertaining to the event
Update on AIA Quebec Division's Committee of Banner Program Directors
On February 22, AIA President and Vice-President attended the AIA Quebec Division's Committee of Banner Program Directors held at the École des métiers de l'équipement motorisé de Montréal. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss AIA's new proposed membership and stakeholder engagement model and included an in-depth tour of the school and its program facilities. 

Apprenticeship fair held by the Quebec Division of AIA Canada
Spurred by the success of its first two apprenticeship fairs, AIA Canada's Quebec Division held a third fair on February 13th, 2018 at the Centre de formation de l'Argile (Argile Training Centre) in Joliette.

The purpose of the event is to showcase the aftermarket industry to near future automotive mechanic graduates and to put them in contact with owners and managers of repair and maintenance shops in the area that are able to offer them apprenticeship opportunities.

Read more here.
A few of the employers attending the apprenticeship fair at the Centre de formation de l'Argile in Joliette on February 13th, 2018.

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Latest Research 

Consumer Series: E-tailing: Online Shopping Habits of Canadian Car Owners

Coming soon

Labour Market Watch: Status of the Aftermarket Industry

Outlook Study 2018

Economic Impact Analysis of Industry Disruptors

Education Sector Survey

Compensation Study 2018

Labour Market Intelligence: Final Report

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Industry Job Board

N.B. Free member benefit.

Welcome to the following new members:

Distribution BSL Inc.

Equipements ESF inc.

Gallant's Parts & Tools Inc. (Dieppe)

Mighty Group Ltd. (MGL Auto Parts)

Pièces et équipements d'autos Suprême Lachute inc.

Performance Edge Racing Parts & Accessories

Pièces d'auto du Suroît inc.

Pièces d'auto Dupont

Simplicity Car Care

United Sales Associates
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